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Joaquim is cleared to play

Sitting out for one exhibition game was enough for Vander Joaquim. He wants back in.

Joaquim said he is ready to play for the Hawai’i basketball team when it opens the 2012-13 regular season on Friday against Maryland-Eastern Shore. How much he plays and how effective he can be are the key questions now.

Head coach Gib Arnold said that Joaquim’s status will likely be a game-day decision.

Joaquim has been sidelined since late September with an injured right knee. He started practicing again with the team this week, and has been cleared to play.

“I’ve been cleared, so I just want to go out there and do what I can to help the team,” he said. “I’ll be ready. I’ve been practicing really good. I’ve kind of been taking it easy in practice, but in the game I’m going to go 100 percent.”

Joaquim, a 6-foot-10 senior, led the Warriors in scoring (14.3) and rebounding (9.5) last season. He was recently selected to the All-Big West Conference Preseason Team, and has been rated as high as the No. 10 center in the nation by one preseason publication (Lindy’s).

Joaquim was not in uniform for the Warriors’ 75-67 exhibition victory over Hawai’i Pacific last week.

“It feels bad because I couldn’t go out there and help my teammates,” he said. “It just feels good to be back.”

Fortunately, the result and statistics do not count for that game, which means that Joaquim’s streak of 64 consecutive games played for the Warriors is still intact. He has played in every game since joining the program in the 2011-12 season.

Freshman Isaac Fotu started at center in the exhibition game, with junior Christian Standhardinger at power forward.

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If it were just Maryland, Arkansas and Houston, the field for the season-opening Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic might be a little more recognizable. Throw in the –Eastern Shore, -Pine Bluff and Baptist after each name, and the opponents become somewhat of a mystery.

That alone should make things interesting for the Warriors as they open the season by playing Maryland-Eastern Shore, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Houston Baptist in a span of four nights.

The coaching staff has been scouting the opponents, and here is brief rundown on Maryland-Eastern Shore and Arkansas-Pine Bluff from assistant coaches Brandyn Akana and Scott Fisher:

33 Comments

  1. Welcome back Vander,

    Make sure you have proper brace, stretch, ice, good shoes, aware of guys rolling you up and/or coming down on your legs..Great to have you back, even if you go 15-18 min. would be great, just don’t get further damage, you are key to having the best front line on the West Coast..

    Good to see you smiling again..lead the young guys, and if you get doubled or tripled teamed down low, spot the cutters and spot up mid range to 3 line shooters..

    Have a great season Vander..and thank you for coming back to get your degree, have a great season and go high level (NBA) pro ball!!

  2. Great to have Vander back. Hope he is working his way back into rhythm, but I’m glad he is being careful.

    Interestingly, Athlon magazine had him as one of the top 20 players in the West along with DJ Seeley from Fullerton. They described him as a throw-back player with a well-rounded game. It should be a huge year for Vander. I hope he takes good care of that knee and stays determined.

  3. Thanks, Dayton, Coaches,

    As All are noting, Take ALL Precautions, Vander
    get full rhythm, timing, conditioning this week
    (i won’t be all that surprised if you ‘surprise ‘us’ with your level of game play)
    You have that track record of exceeding expectations;

    MAYBE THIS is The Season (of you great career –Thanks, Vander!)
    of EXCEEDING Expectations however high some might seem…
    Have a Great Season!

  4. Welcome back Joaquim! hope the Gibper will ease you into the lineup slowly, there’s no need to rush things and reinjure yourself. Oh, and it was great seeing The Roop shagging balls for you.

    Dayton that was some funny stuff putting those questions in front of the Coaches. Coack Akana is real funny winging it with a straight face. Mitt Romney comes to mind. Then you got Coach Fisher looking/talking like former Pres. Bill Clinton, kool, calm and collected answering the same question. That made my morning, right there

  5. “I’ve kind of been taking it easy in practice, but in the game I’m going to go 100 percent.”

    I hate to say it, but that’s the classic recipe for a reinjury. When Vander can comfortably go 100 percent in practice, he should be allowed to play in a game. Not before. His desire to play is understandable and laudable, but this is when the coaches need to step in and do what’s in the best long-term interests of the player and team. Fortunately it sounds like Gib has that viewpoint.

  6. What’s the rush? I would play Vander 1 game, either the 2nd or the 3rd for maximum of 10 minutes.
    The best recipe at this point is rest, rehab, and conditioning, not playing games.

  7. Like the Comments — Taking it Easy in Practice implies several thigs:
    - that he’s trying to be responsible, not pushing it;
    - that maybe (97%?) not “Trusting” the strength, stability of the knee yet;
    - that it

  8. Vander is back… great news. Hopefully Gib will manage his minutes during the Rainbow Classic because the field is very soft.

    They need Vander to be 100% for Illinois and @ UNLV.

  9. Welcome back Vander, good to see your smile again. You, Hauns and Jace will grow as leaders as you lead the young guns to battle in every game!!!

    SSC will be known the “HOUSE OF PAIN” for all visit teams…. BRING IT ON.

    GO THE Warriors.

  10. - that it maybe doesn’t “feel right” yet;

    All Understandable….
    Better Be Backing Up with the Knee Brace when they’re pushing/shoving Practice/Game Time…

    We’re All Lucky that it was MCL and never “that serious”
    Careful Recovery is Smart esp for a player that never had a Major Injury….

    WITH a Brace, i’d let him Keep the “64″ Game Streak that he earned with that Great Attitude…
    Re-Evaluate, 65, 66

    Duration, “Intensity @ 100%” assuming Doctors & Trainers are Correct, Should feel Progressively Better…

    JMT –Just Me Thinking — i’d like to”Hear Near-100%” from Coach, Staff, Players and Vander ‘Before Illinois’…

    BUT Safety First…

    —–

    Like the Romney/Clinton analogies … there is value in Practicing Your “On the Hotseat Delivery”…

    Examples:
    - What would a “Good” UH or USA President” say in answer to a Question that she or they get to determine? [Ack!!]
    - WHY did you make that choice?
    - Why did you say and do that?

    Like This Week … Sometimes the Good Guys WIN !

    —————-
    Related: Good Luck, Laura Beeman & Team !

    THIS Would be a Good Year for Re-Establishing the Ability to Win on the Road…..

  11. Pocho – What a great start to my day – Romney and Clinton – that cracks me up – I can’t stop laughing!

    Vander – good job on rehab – have a great game – I will be watching from Down Under.

    Go Warriors

  12. Anyone notice Manroop helping Vanderwith his workout? Good move by the freshman, putting time in and building rapport with a key senior teammate.

  13. Aussie Mum, hahahaha that was real funny yeah. Coach Akana must be a fun coach to play for, you can’t tell if he’s speaking truth or what but you had just better listen to him cause he’s the coach, hahahaha.

    Dayton feeding Coach Akana the wrong answers to the questions about Arkansas Pine Bluff and coach agrees, Geez that just cracked me up

    funny funny funny stuff Coach Akana!

  14. Aussie Mum I hope Micheal does not get discouraged, he seems to have a good attitude and work ethic. Just gotta keep plugging away at it(practice) trying his best if he enjoys the game that much as seen in some clips. It can only make him better

    I must say Enos and your son are pretty good preferred walk-ons than what other UH coaches in the past had for sure.

  15. oh and for that matter even looks better than some scholarship players from the past too.

    Have a Great Day! or is it night there? lol

  16. Aussie Mum, are you a hoopster too? Maybe back in the day, secondary or college.? With your enthusiasm, you would be great assistant with coach Laura Beeman’s WBB team!!…Tim Tams?!!

    Don’t know if you follow UH WBB programs, they have a very difficult schedule this year, playing last years WBB NCAA national champion Baylor with 6’8″ Brittany Griner, and Top flight WBB team Stanford out of the PAC 12, two preimier teams in the country…

    I really Like Coach B.!! she knows her BB stuff, great coach , motivator, and she still looks like she could play PG!!I If you met her in person, very nice gal, with great family from California, good head on her shoulders..might be tough first year, however, with the level of teams they are playing , along with maybe some double headers with men, nice to see 1000 plus fans watch them play..

    Coach B …shout out to you, very classy coach, and great person, and you are becoming Kamaaina!!

    Vander, work with trainers, and always be aware of where your legs and knees are in relation to other guys you banging with, take care, and when you get 100% , look out BWC, here come 4 of the best Bigs in the Pacific and West coast..go get em warriors and rainbow wahine!!

  17. Pocho and Uhfanzonly1

    I am struggling a bit at the moment to understand the men’s program/schedule/timetables etc – I think that the women’s program may have to wait for awhile – but I really wish them well!!

    Michael isn’t discouraged – he loves it – he will keep giving 110% no matter what.

    It is 10.30 am Friday morning here and it will be a good day for me – all the better for talking with you guys.

  18. Aussie Mum:

    I checked on global time zones online, I don’t know where you live, Australia huge continent…one site, stated,

    Sydney Australia is 21 hrs ahead of Honolulu time..so if you are 10:30 am Friday Morning Nov. 9 2012, then we in

    Honolulu are Thursday Nov 8 2012 1:30am or 21 hrs behind your local time if you are in Sydney.

    If you are online warriorinsider at 200pm Fri Nov 9 2012 in Sydney, our Honolulu time would be…900am Thursday

    Nov 8 2012 or 21 hrs behind you..if you are in Sydney…

    you are not quite 24 hrs or a day ahead of Hawaii Standard Time! Maybe easy way, think your hour of the day, subtract 3 hrs, example Sydney time.. 1130am Friday- 3 hrs = 830am Thursday Hawaii Standard Time..

    Hope that helps! I guess that is why a lot of the times your comments and posts, we see, almost instantly since we are less than 24 hrs behind your time, however, we would be awake , well most of us, from 600am till 1130pm Hawaii Standard time..and you could be awake too Sydney time…

    Most important, figure, out when UH MBB is playing on the UH Athlectics site schedule…take that HST time subtract 3 hrs, would make it your time, if you live in Sydney, the next day…sometimes. depending when game

    is on mainland USA…times would be a few more hours behind you, next day..sort of like you are following Michael and the warriors BACK in Time..like a Basketball time machine!!

  19. Aussie Mum, apologize, correction on this time calculator..

    If you are online warriorinsider at 200pm Fri Nov 9 2012 in Sydney, our Honolulu time would be…500pm Thursday Nov 8 2012.Hawaii Standard Time.

  20. Aussie Mum, apologize, correction on this time calculator..

    If you are online warriorinsider at 200pm Fri Nov 9 2012 in Sydney, our Honolulu time would be…500pm Thursday Nov 8 2012.Hawaii Standard Time.

    My above calculations are getting confused too! Sorry Mum..!! Add 3 hrs to your local clock, and go back one day, so you would be 1130am Friday Sydney time, add 3 hrs = 200pm Thursday Hawaii Standard Time..

    Hey, if schedule for games come up, we can post for you, or check schedule on warriorinsider top of this page from Dayton!!

    My eyes are going buggy! sorry !! Must be too excited for game, ..

    .in Honolulu Friday Nov 9 2012 game: , Hawaii vs Maryland Eastern shore, at 7:00pm Hawaii Standard Time. In Sydney it would be at 4:00pm Sat Nov 10 2012…now I got it!!

    Google KKEA ESPN radio online…there is a stream of radio broadcast of game that time!

  21. Last call! Aussie Mum, correction ..1130am Friday your time Sydney, 230pm Thursday..so we are behind your time by 21 hours…Apologize..

    My above calculations are getting confused too! Sorry Mum..!! Add 3 hrs to your local clock, and go back one day, so you would be 1130am Friday Sydney time, add 3 hrs = 200pm Thursday Hawaii Standard Time..

    Can you imagine,Vander’s folks in Angola figuring time of his games, ? also, Ozren’s family in Croatia, Christian’s ohana , family in Germany, and Davis’ family in Latvia..? Wow,,,I am sure they go online they can follow..

    You are a super fan.,..keep on the lookout for more MBB athletes who would like to come be a part of UH MBB warrior team in future..Thank you for your support!!

  22. Uhfanzonly1,

    no wonder Aussie Mum is mixed up with the time schedule.

    hahahahahahahahahaha, geez!

    yeah, I know you mean well though. But it’s all in the fun and hope you understand

  23. Hi UHfanzonly1 – you have made my day – someone cares enough to go to all that effort for me. You also put a very big smile on my face too!!!!
    Don’t worry I think that I have it sorted – I will be streaming online through the UH Athletics site at 4.00pm our time (Saturday) which will be 7.00pm your time (although Friday).

    I am hesitant to tell you that we live in Melbourne – but am happy for you to tell me if I have the times wrong.

    Thank you soo much for making sure that I am on top of all things UHMBB – I appreciate your efforts

    Go Warriors!

  24. vander: you know? you know? you know? u know? lol….coaches scouting reports: why can’t you just say “these are horrible teams, very sloppy and we don’t need to scout them”….should be more like scrimmage

  25. Because Not Respecting your opponents and showing up Not Ready to Perform ‘Ensures’ you will lose games you could or even should Win….

    we’re probably still a #150 / 200 or higher team that has No Business taking anyone for granted, especially with our Abundance of Infamously Inconsistent Youth and Inexperience…

    ——

    So to Summarize…Melbourne is THREE Hours Behind (4pm Melbourne = 7 pm HST)
    AND One Day Ahead (Saturday Melbourne = Friday Hawai’i)

    Don’t Feel Bad …
    My Poor Friends in Japan have had more than a few 1am calls when i thought i had “waited” ’til 9 am their time…

  26. UHfanzonly1: can you calculate our time difference between Auckland and Hawaii? We don’t want to miss the game…

    Mahalo

  27. cant do it yo self?….your a day ahead 2 hours behind…+22

  28. Hey Aussie Mum, Pocho, sorry, yes, very excited MBB about to begin. And Aussie Mum, better just Google, or Bing or Yahoo it! Pretty good sites with global time zone maps!

    and..hawaiifan…Tonganator is super fan for Isaac’s ohana, we love all of Warrior Basketball Global Nation..

    Have to stay positive.

    Tonganator, Aussie Mum, Memphis, Zagreb Crew, B.C, Canada on to Chicago and Cali, Latvia, welcome aboard the warriorinsider first and best MBB forum!!

  29. Aussie Mum and Tonganator and other global( who have service) fans and friends of UH MBB, you are correct UH athletics site, Oceanic Time Warner Web Stream has the Maryland Eastern Shore game on, as well as two others

    including Illinois(which should be a great test for the young UH MBB team)…Monday Nov 12 1100pm HST ESPN USA network television …I don’t know, check with your cable/satellite provider..maybe ESPN-Au or ESPN-Nz??

    Well at least you have web stream and ESPN games, and of course recap of games by Dayton and warriorinsider..this is exciting stuff!! Team very young, going to take a little time, the guys working hard, hope for a good season!!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  30. Aussie Mum and Tonganator and other global( who have service) fans and friends of UH MBB, you are correct UH athletics site, Oceanic Time Warner Web Stream has the Maryland Eastern Shore game on, as well as two others

    including Illinois(which should be a great test for the young UH MBB team)… UH vs Houston Baptist…Monday Nov 12 1100pm HST ESPN USA network television …I don’t know, check with your cable/satellite provider..maybe ESPN-Au or ESPN-Nz??

    Well at least you have web stream and ESPN games, and of course recap of games by Dayton and warriorinsider..this is exciting stuff!! Team very young, going to take a little time, the guys working hard, hope for a good season!!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  31. Tonganator,

    Your 832 pm Thursday HST Post above….
    WHAT Time was it in Auckland?
    IF it was 732 pm Friday NZ then

    i think Auckland is Only ONE HOUR “Behind” Hawai’i, BUT “Tomorrow” (One Day Ahead)
    (Harder Math but 23 Hours Ahead…)

    IF TRUE, Then:
    - 7 pm HST Friday Game would be 6 pm Saturday NZ (Maryland – Eastern Shore);
    - 5 pm HST Sunday Game would be 4 pm Monday NZ (Arkansas – Pine Bluff)
    - 11 pm HST Monday Game would be 10 pm Tuesday NZ (Houston Baptist)

    Tonight’s TV News, showed the UHMBB Student Rally and Isaac 42 discussing the importance of raucous student support;

    Jeff Portnoy’s Radio Show “Hoops Talk” Trivia Question was WHY does Isaac wear #42? SOUND it Out … FOUR-TWO;
    said Isaac has worn 42 since age 9 … he’s the only player with his name on the uniform….

  32. This is great news!
    Go Warriors!!!

  33. Thanks Egle and Uhfanzonly. Will be locking in for the game to-night (6 pm Saturday Auckland, 7 pm Friday Honolulu). Lets GET IT ON!!!!!!!

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